Origin of the name MODWENNA.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name MODWENNA.
Variant form of Cornish Mawdwen
(q.v.), probably meaning "mannerly woman." (History of Christian
Names, Yonge, 1884).
of Whitby. She was an Irish abbess, called in her own country, Monynna.
She was visited by Alfrid, son of Oswy, who in 670 fled to Ireland, and,
as Bede tells us, remained there some time. Afterwards, Modwenna
crossed into Northumbria, and Alfrid, who was now king, placed her over
the Monastery of Whitby, that had been founded by S. Hilda, in
658. She had charge of Alfrid's sister Elfleda, but soon left and
returned to Ireland. She died about 695. (Journal of the Royal
Institution of Cornwall, vol. 15, 1906)